No. 24 Florida beats 23rd-ranked Tennessee on Hail Mary
Tennessee quarterback Quinten Dormady throws from the pocket in the first half against the Georgia Tech on Monday, Sept. 4, 2017. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
By MARK LONG AP Sports Writer
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Feleipe Franks heaved a 63-yard touchdown pass to Tyrie Cleveland as the clock expired, and No. 24 Florida beat 23rd-ranked Tennessee 26-20 in a wild, wacky and sometimes unwatchable rivalry game Saturday.
Franks scrambled away from the rush on a first-and-10 play with 9 seconds remaining and found Cleveland behind safety Micah Abernathy for a Hail Mary that no one - especially the Volunteers - saw coming.
The final play capped a crazy fourth quarter in which the teams combined for 37 points and little, if any, defense.
Tennessee (2-1, 0-1 Southeastern Conference) can blame three missed field goals for not being ahead late. The Gators (1-1, 1-0) looked as if they had the game in hand early in the final frame, but found a way to let the Volunteers get back in it.
It looked for sure as if it was headed for overtime - and then Franks found Cleveland.
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